Following the success of last years return to rock, playing two shows in Germany and just one in the UK, it seems that guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore will be back with RAINBOW to play four UK shows in 2017.
Though not officially announced as yet, the venue websites all have dates and booking information displayed. Tickets are due to gon sale on Thursday 8th December. The dates and venues are as follows:
- Saturday 17th June 2017 – Stone Free Festival London O2 Arena
- Thursday 22nd June 2017 Manchester Arena
- Sunday 25th June 2017 Glasgow SSE Hydro
- Wednesday 28th June Birmingham Genting Arena
According to the above websites, the band line-up will be the same as last year, with Bob Nouveau on bass, Blackmore Nights’ drummer David Keith, Stratovarius’s keyboardist Jens Johansson and LORDS OF BLACK singer, Ronnie Romero. Support will come from MOSTLY AUTUMN again.
RAINBOW formed in 1975, and had a variety of line-ups, with Blackmore as the only consistent member. The band has sold over 28 million albums worldwide, had hit singles, such as ‘All Night Long’, and ‘Since You Been Gone’, and were ranked No. 90 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band disbanded in 1984, only to reform again between 1993-1997.